The Times Wants Your Traffic Ideas

From the New York Times:

Traffic on the Brain? 

Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on the best way to ease Manhattan’s perpetual traffic crunch.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg proposes congestion pricing. A group opposed to that plan suggests raising parking meter rates instead. Some bicyclists would ban cars. Some drivers would ban bicycles. There’s probably someone out there who would ban pedestrians.

What are your ideas for treating congestion? E-mail them to thecity@nytimes.com, and we’ll publish some of the best and most interesting, with expert comment.

  • gecko

    Congestion pricing as a part of PlaNYC exists as a first step in mitigating one of the major human causes of global warming — transportation — with immediate benefits such as reducing congestion and local emissions causing health problems which are here-and-now and difficult to argue against.

    The idea is that currently New York City has yet to be devastated by tropical cyclones (hurricanes), extended drought, heat waves, blackouts, pestilence, etc. so that politically pushing an agenda effectively mitigating global warming is perceived as being extremely difficult at this time.

    This is misguided. The information exists as are local world-class experts well qualified to desseminate it that we must act now. This should happen immediately.

  • Dave H.

    Pestilence?

  • gecko

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19626253.400-editorial-bluetongue-virus-springs-nasty-surprise.html

    Editorial: Bluetongue virus springs nasty surprise
    13 October 2007

    From New Scientist Print Edition.

    SO BLUETONGUE virus is in northern Europe, perhaps to stay. While its arrival was predictable, the manner of its appearance was quite the opposite. It comes as a timely warning of the surprises that might be in store as global warming upsets the exquisite balance between Earth’s creatures.

    . . .

    There is more waiting in the wings. West Nile virus is affected by warming in similar ways to bluetongue, as are its relatives such as St Louis encephalitis virus and other insect-borne maladies such as chikungunya and Rift Valley fever, which has already moved out of Africa. African horse sickness can go wherever bluetongue goes. Farmers just beyond bluetongue’s reach in North America and Australia may be no safer than Europe was.

    Who knows what other plagues of people, animals or crops will follow from global warming? We are about to find out.

  • gecko

    More pestilence:

    Climate Change Testimony Was Edited by White House (Andrew Revkin, NYT)
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/25/science/earth/25climate.html

    The White House made deep cuts in written testimony given to a Senate committee this week by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on health risks posed by global warming, . . .

    . . .

    The testimony that remained said, “Climate change is anticipated to have a broad range of impacts on the health of Americans and the nation’s public health infrastructure.” But a line saying “the public health effects of climate change remain largely unaddressed” was gone, and the testimony focused on the ways health agencies were already prepared to tackle any problems.

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